The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020
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Friday, December 11, 2020

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Hearing Veterans Voices: Community + Tech to Support Mental Health
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Ben Sledge
Ben Sledge
HeartSupport, Director of Veteran Outreach
Bryan Lane
Bryan Lane
General Services Administration, Technology Transformation Services, Co-Founder, AI Center of Excellence
Chris Bourne
Chris Bourne
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Innovation

When WWII veterans served, they made up 11% of the US population… today, in the midst of our longest running conflicts, it’s less than 1%. What burden has that placed on our vets, especially when many are not truly heard about what they’ve seen and experienced? With an average 22 veterans lost by suicide per day, there is clearly work to do, and today’s tech and services may not be cutting it.  Hear from writer, veteran, advocate, designer, and general truth speaker Ben Sledge about his story and the conversations we need to have.  Featuring a TED-style talk by Ben and a fireside chat between 3 post-9/11 veterans about their collective experiences and how technology and The Opportunity Project community can support.